January 17, 2010
Instead of hiring a Washington lobbying firm to secure an export license for his invention, tough-minded and homicidal scientist Boroff attempts to smuggle his devastating weapon out of the country. However, the Coast Guard is there to thwart him, usually in the person of incredibly lucky Lt. Terry Kent, hero.
The local newspaper apparently has a Coast Guard beat, and Kent is followed everywhere by reporter/love interest Jean Norman and photographer/annoying comedy reliever Snapper McGee. These two also serve often as hostage victims in the early going.
The dialog is good. Sets change often enough to keep the tedium down. Nearly every episode features one of two of those silly fistfights/slapfests. Plus there are the gaping plot holes and inconsistencies that I've come to love, and plenty of them especially in the later chapters. This serial uses an image distortion technique to produce a melting effect in several chapters that I've only seen in 1930s serials.
SOS Coastguard followed Republic's Robinson Crusoe of Clipper Island by one year, and high priest Porotu is back as chemist Rackerby. Looks like they shared miniature sets and stock footage, too. Lt. Kent appeared in Republic's Dick Tracy also as the hero, with Porotu/Rackerby playing the vile Moloch.
I downloaded the 512Kb MPEG4 files. Video quality was barely adequate for viewing on a 20" screen. Audio is Ok.